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Soundaram Ramanathan

Programme Officer - Environmental Governance (Energy)
Centre for Science and Environment

Soundaram Ramanthan has been working with the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) for over four and a half years as a researcher. She looks into policies related to sustainable industrialisation. At CSE, her major arena of research has been coal mining and thermal power plant pollution. She was involved in CSE's Singrauli Mercury pollution study, various studies related to industrial cluster pollution, fly ash, coastal zone development etc, and India's first environmental rating of coal-based power by CSE - Heat on Power - as well as Green Clearance Watch, which tracks key sectorial developments, including thermal power projects, in India since 2007. CSE's studies on the coal-based power sector spurred wide public debates which led to the tighter emissions control and water efficiency norms. Currently, she is looking at the status of preparedness; hindrances and support required from government for Indian coal power stations to comply with the recently notified environmental emissions norms; and advocacy of policies to increase fly ash utilisation. She has a B.Tech in Energy & Environmental Engineering from the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, and an M.Tech in Energy & Environmental Management from IIT-D. She is adept in multi-physics computer modeling and interpretation of satellite imagery.

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